Category: Film and Music


Despite the fact that November is the month where coldness worsens and Christmas fast approaches, we at ECU have been so focused on our quest of discovering and sharing with you the very best of indie film, that we haven’t even picked out a festive jumper to wear, let alone started our letters to Papa Noel. And we do it all (well, partially) for you, our dear followers!

We once again searched the souls of film’s finest with our regular Spotlight feature, this month including profiles on Richard Kelly, Jia Zhangke, Tom Hardy, and Paul Dano, as well as offering some in-depth analysis on the films The Killing of a Secret Deer, Sing Street, and Loving Vincent, all to be found on our cracking blog.

Outside of our Paris office, however, we found ourselves on many adventures, not least having the absolute pleasure of once again attending the Aesthetica Film Festival from the 8th-12th November. We saw a plethora of incredible films, all located in different buildings in the beautiful city of York, England. We had an amazing time there and hope we get the honour of being invited back next year!

From the quaint British North, we found ourselves leapfrogging to the other side of the metaphorical pond as ECU On-The-Road ventured to Celaya, Mexico, to screen some of the best films of last year’s films at the International Film Festival Celayas (FICC) from the 24th-26th of this month. It was truly awe-inspiring to be part of such a haven of filmmakers and enthusiasts and to witness the films we cherish so much being played to, and adored by, a whole new audience. Hasta pronto, Mexico!

One thing, however, that is definitely approaching quicker than our next trip to Mexico (sob sob) is the Early Bird Deadline for film submissions, coming up this month. Sunday 17th December is the final day you can submit for this deadline with 23:59 ETC being the exact minute it ends. Make sure you don’t miss it!

That’s all the updates we have for you for now. If you don’t think you can wait another whole month to hear about our crazy shenanigans, don’t forget to check out our social media pages (click to see our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) for constant (and I mean constant) updates of what we are up to.



FNAC Live 2017 – 6 – 8 July – Hôtel de Ville

The FNAC-sponsored annual outdoor music event held in the heart of Paris distances itself from its peer festivals in that it offers music-lovers a string of buzzing concerts featuring artists who represent the best in modern French music, all for free. Each year, the music retailer giant FNAC assembles an impressive line-up of talented artists – from up-and-coming mavericks to established musical veterans – to the 4th arrondisement’s historic Hôtel de Ville district for riotous festivities and sonorous music spanning 4 nights during the first week of July – following a 5pm to midnight schedule. The event promises a series of electrifying musical performances from the likes of firebrand Julien Cleric and the talented darlings of record label Label Microqlima (The Pirouettes, Fishbach, Mémé Tan etc) on the festival’s opening night, to an eclectic assortment of artists (Juliette Armanet, Albin de la Simone, Tim Dup…) on the remaining nights. The jam-packed festival schedule will also feature concerts held at the smaller, more intimate venue of the Salon des Arcades for those festival-goers seeking a more relaxed, subdued festival experience – for more information about the highly-anticipated live event, click here!


ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2018

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The European Independent Film Festival, one the World’s most distinctive independent film festivals, encouraging innovation and creativity and showcasing great films to audiences who appreciate and love independent cinema, announces its call for submissions for 2018.

ÉCU’s mantra is to Discover, Project and Promote the World’s Best Independent Films and we are actively seeking innovative, absorbing and original independent films across our fourteen categories.

For the last 12 years ÉCU has passionately promoted independent filmmaking and has expanded its presence on a global scale with screenings in over 20 countries annually. ÉCU is often referred to as the European equivalent of Sundance, an honour that we don’t take lightly.

ÉCU offers independent filmmakers the opportunity to express their cinematic narratives in the most compelling ways possible. Filmmakers who compete in ÉCU’s Official Selection join an active community of exceptional creatives who continually push the boundaries of cinema.

Cinema is an art form that can only evolve by being simultaneously nourished and challenged.

“I’m honoured to be amongst such crafted filmmakers…such wonderful people.” – Daniela Leitner, director of LATE SEASON, winner of Best European Independent Animated Film 2017.

The 13th edition of ÉCU will take place on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of May 2018 in Paris, France and will screen about 100 of the very best independent films from around the World. While ÉCU focuses on European talent, it celebrates international filmmakers and hosts several categories dedicated to non-European films.

EUROPEAN CATEGORIES
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary
– Animated Film
– Music Video
– Experimental Film
– Comedy Film

NON-EUROPEAN CATEGORIES
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary

WORLDWIDE CATEGORIES
– Student Film
– Arab Special Section
– Feature & Short Script Competition

Our Call for Submissions for ÉCU 2018 is now officially open. Click here to submit your film!

Scott Hillier
President
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival


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ECU_2017

The 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be held in Paris, France on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of April 2017
Female Filmmakers Initiative: Barriers and Keys to Success for Women in Film
and Music

Where: Les 7 Parnassiens, 98 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
When: Saturday, April 22nd // 10:30 – 11:30
Featured Speakers: Bianca Mina and Aloïse Gouptil-Tiers
Sponsored by HorizonVU Music

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Bianca Mina

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Aloise Goupil-Tiers

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to further understanding of the barriers and keys to success for women in film and music through the personal experiences and observations of two featured female panellists representing and speaking to different dimensions of the professional film and music industries Bianca Mina and Aloïse Gouptil-Tiers. The program is intended to facilitate interaction among people interested in issues related to participation of women in film and music and to suggest action points.

Bianca Mina is a passionate writer/director/producer. Bianca majored in Film Studies at the American University of Paris, Latin American Film at NYU Buenos Aires and Film Producing in Los Angeles with independent filmmaker mentor, Tom Malloy. She has been working in the film industry for 8 years now and some of her projects include documentary “Fuera de casa” filmed in Panama, a successful sitcom on Romanian prime time television and two shorts films written, directed and produced in Paris.

After a childhood in Marseille, Aloïse came back to Paris and studied alternative culture through many travels, linking sociology studies and photography. She stayed one year in Poland where she became interested in Pacific revolution and owning properties conception, and received the first Polish prize for portraits. She worked as a photographer in Mumbai, India, for The Hindustan Times newspaper. Nowadays she is making movies in France and keeps taking pictures as often as she can.

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It’s been a very busy month for the ÉCU team – as it always is at the end of the year. Between some chocolate cakes and some Portuguese cupcakes we found the time also to shoot some funny videos, but spent most of the time watching film submissions.

We shoot a lot in this month – from EICAR – The International Film & Television School Graduation Ceremony, where we saw the creatures of a lot of very promising filmmakers (which we hope to see submitted to ÉCU soon), to the fantastic evening at the International Chamber of Commerce for their 2016 Photographic Awards. We saw some beautiful photographs along the current theme of #PeoplePlanet and we had some great food cooked by Les Cuistots Migrateurs, thanks to the work of some very talented chefs hailing from migration countries. ÉCU Team is also a master of combining fun and work: we spent a day in Batofar, where we had the chance to see indie rock band Belle Roscoe perform. This brother sister duo really offered us a great performance and a perfect occasion for shooting the magic of the moment!

This month was so full that we could not visit them but a lot of our festival partner took place and we always have a look of what happens in them. In Italy D.E-R, an association of documentary filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna, held its 10th edition in the inspirational city of Bologna.

In Berlin instead, took place the Award Ceremony of the Around Film Festival is a network based film collective that gathers international colleagues all around. Flying to Netherlands, we could have seen the movies of the Eindhovens Film Festival, an independent and non-commercial festival that prides itself on searching for “artistically free” independent filmmakers who make statements and choose unconventional storylines.

Although our international staff went home for Christmas, some of us stays in Paris waiting for your film submissions! Our Regular Deadline is on the 31st of December. We think submitting your film is the perfect way to spent an amazing New Year’s Eve and look forward for 2017!


ECU-logo-2016-BLACK_small-150x150The European Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce that this year ÉCU has partnered up with The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche! Not only you can stay close to the Les 7 Parnassiens cinema, where ÉCU screenings will take place but receive special deals during the festival weekend!

Four-star style and unparalleled convenience blend seamlessly at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center. The hotels features an ideal location on the renowned Left Bank, allowing for simple access to the best of Montparnasse and the surrounding area as well as Les 7 Parnassiens cinema! You can make yourself comfortable in a recently redesigned hotel rooms and suites; all accommodations provide first-class amenities, with select rooms offering views of the beautiful Paris cityscape. In addition, the hotel showcases traditional French Bistro cuisine at a signature restaurant, R’Yves, and a fully equipped fitness center. The Marriot Rive Gauche hotel proudly offers over 50,000 square feet of elegant, flexible venue space, as well as first class planning and catering services.The only thing you have to do is to click this link to make your reservation.

Enjoy your stay and see you at the 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival!

Rock en Seine 2016!

Rock en Seine

By Kayla Flores

Wow what a weekend! This year’s Rock en Seine truly set a standard for summer music festivals. With various activities, food, bars, and more along with one of the best line ups for rock music, Rock en Seine was a smash hit!

Friday’s big acts being The Last Shadow Puppets, Breakbot, Two Door Cinema Club, Clutch, and Damien Jr. Gong Marley. Amongst the big names, Friday truly held an impressive list. Saturday was not disappointing either, with great acts including Wolfmother, Beau, Bring Me The Horizon, Grand Blanc, La Femme, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, L7, and Massive Attack. Wolfmother truly rocked out and engaged with the crowd. Beau performed at the Pression Live stage drawing in fesitval goers with their eclectic sound. Heather and Emma of Beau, had great energy on stage.  Beau even surprised fans with a new song! Throughout the terrible heat, attendees were able to stay cool with snow cones, ice cream, and sporadic water fights! It was quite a fun time.

With the intense heat continuing into Sunday’s festivities, the staff continued to make a bearable environment by providing splash zones near the stages as well as the whole park held water stations allowing festival goers to fill up and stay hydrated. Sunday started off with Maestro who was unique in his sound and kept the early crowd entertained. Blues Pills performed on the main stage and drew in a large crowd, despite the heat, with a high number of music lovers taking shelter in the shade while their favorite bands performed. Kevin Morby was excellent in his ability to pull a crowd with his beautiful voice. KillASon is a French rapper, whom performed all his work in English attracting the international crowd. He truly is a performer as he danced all around the stage and entertained everyone in the audience. Going from the rap world to the heart of Harlem with Gregory Porter allowed for a great transition to calm down once again. The saxophone and piano skills of his band were exceptional and captured the majority of festival goers as he paid tribute to the lives lost in the world this past year. Following the wonderful jazz, we moved to see Miike Snow, an up and coming hit maker in the electro pop world. With many hits already, Miike Snow showed his versatility and performed a great show. Then it was time to reminisce of the simpler times in the early 2000s for any American teenager, it was time for Sum 41. Performing all their early hits, as well as announcing an album release in October, the crowd was ecstatic jumping up and down and singing along to all of Sum 41’s hit songs as well as recent work.

After using up quite a bit of energy, it was time to grab some food. Dining options at Rock en Seine were endless. International options including cuisines from South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, as well as North America. Essentially a taste of the world. We decided to hit the Burrito Truck creating beautiful chicken burritos and nachos with jalapenos as well as grabbing some refreshing beer. Finishing up our grub, we ran over to see the one, the only, the legend. Iggy Pop. In true fashion, Iggy got the crowd rowdy and loud! It was a special event to see this man perform live. With such energy and excitement, we caught up with CHVRCHES and calmed down to their synthpop sound. The final act was none other than, Foals. Having the opportunity to see them live at a festival earlier this summer, it was awesome to end the summer with Foals again. What a treat. These guys truly speak to the crowd with their high energy, engaging conversation pieces, and all around great vibes.

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Great job, until next summer. Rock en Seine 2016, rock on!

Festival Recap: This is Not a Love Song

FOALS LIVE at TINALS

FOALS LIVE at TINALS

By Kayla Flores

What a Festival! Taking place at the Paloma venue, in Nîmes this past weekend of June 3-5, 2016. Consisting of 3 days and nights of various international indie and rock groups, organic vendors, and great beers, this festival in the south of France truly is a great time. Compared to festivals in the United States, such as Coachella, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza, TINALS can be ranked amongst them in terms of quality, music selection, and organization. I would say pricing was reasonably cheaper in comparison, but it is also a smaller event with bands performing in the later afternoon and nighttime. Saturday and Sunday had two groups play in the early afternoon inviting anyone to come listen, free of charge. The eco-friendly festival provided various activities such as flower headband crafts, games, Elvis ordaining weddings, even a ‘50s style hair cut for men. It was truly a unique experience. Below is a short recap of some of the bands that performed this weekend. Enjoy!


Friday, June 3

CHOCOLATE- Arriving a bit late due to traffic, Chocolate was the first band we got to enjoy on opening night! Not only did they really wail, with excellent guitar solos, Chocolate provides great energy, and the crowd was loving it.

FOALS- As one of the closing acts, Foals was probably one of the most popular bands that headlined the festival itself. With the crowd singing along, Foals really gave a great performance. With an excellent presence and production team, they put on a great show with the effects of color and light techniques.


Saturday, June 4

MY GREAT BLUE CADILLAC- One of the early afternoon acts, My Great Blue Cadillac was able to pull in festival goers with their intense sound. Arriving early, we enjoyed some beer awaiting the next group when My Great Blue Cadillac began with chants drawing in a crowd quickly. They really put out a lot of energy in their performance. Lead vocals alternating between the two members, Eddy and Louise, was energetic. Lyrical emotions were greatly executed in the performance. With alternating vocals, they also switched instruments (guitar and drums) effortlessly for each song, and their chemistry on stage allowed the dup to deliver a hauntingly kickass performance. Ending their act with Eddy smashing his drum sticks into the drum, while chanting their name he finished with destroying the guitar as well.

SHEER MAG- Another opening act, Sheer Mag really kept up the energy with the impending rain storm approaching and was able to keep the crowd. The early afternoon slot leaves for a guessing game of who’s who but they pulled a great crowd with their sound. Good vibes. Garage band feel with the energy of a closing group! Truly ‘party time, excellent’ as Wayne would say… Their ability to pull a crowd in the rain was remarkably reflective of their energy. Reminded me of summer rock shows in California. Positive energy all the way and great sound!

PALEHOUND- The band opened with a sultry whispering melodic and dramatic song. A huge crowd was awaiting prior and the American band killed it. Minor sound issues but the band was able to pull through. I would describe this band as a Rilo Kiley meets a garage heroin group. The band was truly thankful for the opportunity to be apart of the line up, and lead singer, Ellen Kempner even shared some debut creations, performing two songs solo.

LUSH-Raining in from the United Kingdom and performing on the main outdoor stage, Lush had great energy and even sang one song in French with the help of a translated lyric board.

DIRTY FENCES- This Brooklyn band is truly unique. With members who can really play their instruments, you can definitely hear the influences of the Ramones in their sound. Great energy!

PARCELS- Coming from England, Parcels truly is groovy-rock at its finest.

AIR- French electro-pop band was really a group that has created a sound that seduces your ears and forces you to sway to the beat. Featured on the soundtrack for “The Virgin Suicides”, they returned to touring and joined the TINALS lineup.

HER- One of my favorite performances of the weekend. Positive energy and a great dynamic between the two front mans. Alternating lead vocals, they could really hit some high notes. Engaged the crowd and got them dancing and singing along.

Sunday, June 5

STEVE GUNN BAND- As one of the openers for the festival was alive and soothing. Almost country rock and pulled in a great crowd with great the great weather

QUETZAL SNAKES- This band was psychedelic rock. French band who truly gave good vibes with their sound. With three guitars, one bass, and drums they started getting everyone’s head bobbing. Garage meets psychedelic they had an interesting sound…

METZ- Their performance had crowd surfers galore. This band really gave the crowd some energy!

PORCHES- With the use of synthesizers and folk guitar, Porches gave a soothing performance.

LUKE WINSLOW KING- This New Orleans blues band was a big hit in the early afternoon. The band really drew a crowd, getting everyone singing and dancing along. Bass guitarist was extremely engaging with the crowd and the band seemed to have just as much fun as the crowd.

PARQUET COURTS- A group from Texas, this group really pulls elements and the personality of iconic bands like Pavement with Some Strokes and Sonic Youth, you have Parquet Courts. Personally, I hear a similar sound to the band Cake, slow and mellow but they can rock out.

TORTOISE- A group of 6 individuals conquered the stage with their post-rock sound. Composed of two drums, two keyboards, and alternating guitars and various other instruments, void of vocals, they sure have an interesting sound.

BEACH HOUSE- Ending not only the night but the entire weekend with this dream pop, the electronic duo created magic. With amazing sound and lightening choreographed, Beach House suspended time.

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Underlying greatness of this festival was its contributions to an eco-friendly cause. Each guest was given a coupon for a free goblet /day promoting the decrease in usage of cups per person (cost 1€ for cup) and its recycle bins located throughout the park. They had dry toilets which eliminated the usage of water and instead provided bags of hay to absorb the components and would later be used as manure. For food, they had various food trucks featuring vegetarian, vegan, and organic cuisines such as burgers, ‘Mexican’ food, falafel and more.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE LINEUP, CHECK OFFICIAL TINALS WEBSITE: https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/edition-2016/lineup/

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EUROPEAN FESTIVALS SUMMER 2016

Festival season is upon us! If you live or are planning to travel to Europe this summer, we have compiled a list of exception music events happening this summer! Below are a variety of events that will have groups from around the world performing rock, alternative, metal, folk, and more! You can visit the websites provided for each event to check out the artist roster and purchase tickets.


JUNE

Rock Im Park

Nürnberg, Germany

03 June –  05 June

http://www.rock-im-park.com/

This Is Not a Love Song

Nîmes, France

03 June – 05 June

https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/

Sweden Rock Festival

Sölvesborg, Sweden

08 June -11 June

http://www.swedenrock.com/

Nova Rock Festival

Nickelsdorf, Austria

09 June –  12 June

http://www.novarock.at/

PinkPop

Landgraaf, Netherlands

10 June –  12 June

http://www.pinkpop.nl/2016/

Download Festival

Paris, France

10 June – 12 June

http://www.downloadfestival.fr/fr

Hellfest Summer Open Air

Clisson, France

17 June-19 June

http://www.hellfest.fr/en/the-festival/

Graspop Metal Meeting

Dessel, Belgium

17 June – 19 June

https://www.graspop.be/nl/

INmusic festival

Zagreb, Croatia

20 June –  22 June

https://www.inmusicfestival.com/

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury, UK

22 June – 26 June

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

Copenhell

Copenhagen, Denmark

23 June –  25 June

http://copenhell.dk/

Solidays Festival

Paris, France

24 June –  26 June

http://www.solidays.org/

Hurricane Festival

Bremen, Germany

24 June –  26 June

http://www.hurricane.de/

Southside Festival

Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany

24 June –  26 June

http://www.southside.de/

Roskilde

Roskilde, Denmark

25 June –  02 July

http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/

Volt Festival

Sopron, Hungary

29 June – 02 July

http://sziget.hu/volt_english

Provinssirock Festival

Seinäjoki, Finland

30 June –  02 July

http://www.provinssi.fi/

Rock Werchter

Werchter, Belgium

30 June –  03 July

http://www.rockwerchter.be/nl

Open Air St. Gallen

St. Gallen, Switzerland

30 June –  03 July

http://www.openairsg.ch/

JULY

Eurockéennes de Belfort
Belfort, France
01 July –  03 July
http://festival.eurockeennes.fr/

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Helsinki, Finland
01 July –  03 July
http://www.tuska-festival.fi/

Rock for People
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
03 July –  05 July
https://www.rockforpeople.cz/

Exit Festival
Novi Sad, Serbia
07 July –  10 July
http://www.exitfest.org/sr

Bilbao BBK Live
Bilbao, Spain
07 July – 09 July
http://bilbaobbklive.com/en-us/home

Ruisrock Festival
Turku, Finland
08 July – 10 July
http://www.ruisrock.fi/

Bospop
Weert, Netherlands
09 July – 10 July
http://www.bospop.nl/

Vieilles Charrues Festival
Carhaix, France
14 July –  17 July
http://www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr/2016/

Woodstock Festival Poland
Kostrzyn, Poland
14 July – 16 July 2016
http://www.woodstockfestival.pl/

Truck Festival
Oxford, UK
15 July –  17 July
http://www.truckfestival.com/

Ilosaarirock Festival
Joensuu, Finland
15 July –  17 July
http://www.ilosaarirock.fi/2016/

Suikerrock
Tienen, Belgium
29 July –  31 July
http://www.suikerrock.be/

Indietracks
Ripley, UK
29 July – 31 July
http://www.indietracks.co.uk/

AUGUST

Arenal Sound
Castellón, Spain
04 August 07 August
http://www.arenalsound.com/

Wacken Open Air
Wacken, Germany
04 August –  06 August
http://www.wacken.com/

Lokerse Feesten
Lokeren, Belgium
05 August – 14 August
http://www.lokersefeesten.be/

Off Festival
Katowice, Poland
05 August –  07 August
http://off-festival.pl/

Sziget Festival
Budapest, Hungary
10 August –  17 August
http://szigetfestival.com/

La Route du Rock
Saint-Malo, France
11 August –  14 August
http://www.laroutedurock.com/

Rocco del Schlacko
Püttlingen , Germany
11 August  – 13 August
http://www.rocco-del-schlacko.de/

Bloodstock Open Air
Walton upon Trent, UK
11 August – 14 August
http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/

Pukkelpop
Hasselt, Belgium
17 August – 20 August
https://www.pukkelpop.be/

Summer Breeze
Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17 August –  20 August
http://www.summer-breeze.de/

Highfield Festival
Störmthal, Germany
19 August –  21 August
http://www.highfield.de/

Lowlands
Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
19 August – 21 August
http://lowlands.nl/

Reading Festival
Reading, UK
26 August – 28 August
http://www.readingfestival.com/

Rock en Seine
Paris, France
26 August –  28 August
http://www.rockenseine.com/

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